High School Football

Rogers puts Colts on his back late to help Arlington defeat Martin and stay unbeaten

Arlington defensive back Tucker Thompson grabs an interception in front of the Arlington bench during the first half against Arlington Martin on Friday at UTA Maverick Stadium. Arlington won 32-25.
Arlington defensive back Tucker Thompson grabs an interception in front of the Arlington bench during the first half against Arlington Martin on Friday at UTA Maverick Stadium. Arlington won 32-25. Special to the Star-Telegram

Jahari Rogers is a rising star for Arlington as the 2020 athlete picked up college offers from Baylor and Arkansas last week.

So when the Colts were trailing Friday night, he went to head coach Scott Peach and told him that he wanted the ball in his hands.

“I was asking coach Peach for it. I wanted it,” Rogers said.

The Colts took the game-winning drive 61 yards on eight plays, with Rogers running it four times, and the junior scored the go-ahead, 1-yard run to give them a 32-25 victory over Arlington Martin in a District 4-6A matchup at UTA Maverick Stadium.

They had been 0 of 7 on third down, but picked up their only of the game during the drive. Two plays later, Rogers scored.

Arlington, No. 5 in the latest DFW power rankings, improved to 7-0 and 4-0 in district.

The Colts start 7-0 for the first time since 1988 and 4-0 in district for the first time since 2008.

“It’s crazy. I’ve been thinking about this game the whole week,” said Rogers, who finished with 195 yards total and three touchdowns.

“He’s one of our playmakers and he was really special on that drive,” Peach added.

Martin (2-5, 2-2), which had won eight of the past nine matchups, wasn’t down yet. The Warriors started at their own 18 with 28 seconds left and no timeouts. Zach Mundell threw two separate 22-yard passes to Jonathan Carter and the Colts were tagged for a 15-yard penalty.

The Warriors had the ball at the Arlington 24 with 1 second left, but the Colts batted the pass attempt away in the end zone.

“Martin has done a great job the last several weeks so we knew it would be an awesome game,” Peach said. “It’s that way any time our two teams get together.

“The nice thing about our football team is that they continue to show resiliency all year long.”

As Peach said, it was an ugly game for Arlington. The Colts had a horrendous start as Martin recorded a safety and got a 46-yard TD run from Mundell to go up 9-0 with 3:16 in the first quarter.

The Colts got better in the second quarter when Rogers threw a 35-yard TD pass to Charles Brown, and little brother B.J. Rogers scored from the 1 to put them ahead 14-9 with 6:17 in the half.

But the Warriors went into halftime in front 18-14. Mundell hit Carter for 20 yards on a fake field goal before Alonzo Banks scored on a 2-yard run.

Nick Rodriguez also kicked a 31-yard field. He missed from 46, but Arlington was called for a penalty to give Martin one more attempt during an untimed down.

“We were stuck and didn’t give ourselves a chance,” Peach said. “We were fine, but we just had to settle in and play, and give the offense an opportunity.”

“We had to get the jitters out in the first half. It was a big game and big rivalry,” Rogers added.

Rogers gave Arlington the lead again on a 57-yard TD run with 3:44 left in the third and Griffin Kell booted a 29-yard field to push the lead to 24-18 with 33 seconds in the quarter.

Martin regained the lead 25-24 when Ed Jones recovered a fumble and returned it 56 yards for the touchdown.

“This is my last year and beating Martin was one of the biggest things,” said defensive back Tucker Thompson, who had two interceptions. “Our defense locked up and the offense just took care of business.”

Arlington, which hosts North Crowley on Oct. 26, gained 169 of its 249 yards in the second half. Rogers rushed 16 times for 107 yards and two TDs.

The Warriors, who travel to Fort Worth against Trimble Tech Oct. 25, were led by Mundell, who finished the night with a career-high 229 yards passing and added 118 yards rushing. Carter made nine catches for 149 yards.

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